I recently adopted a dog from a local shelter. She has become a companion for my older dog, and a valued member of our family. Rescued dogs sometimes need extensive training to comply with the rules of its new home. She had a habit that probably put her into the pound in the first place. She liked to jump fences.
When I moved to the country, I erected a four-foot high field fence around my property. At the time I had two dogs, and neither of them jumped the fence. One of them started digging under the fence. I covered the hole with dirt and piled dog poop along the base of the fence. My neighbor told me that a dog will not dig in its own poop. It worked. As I cleaned up my yard, I spread all the dog poop along the fence until the entire yard was surrounded. No, it doesn’t stink. I live in the desert, and even after a rain it cannot be detected.
New Dog, New Tricks
Our newly adopted dog knew how to jump a fence. A four-foot fence was no problem for her. However, I noticed that each time she jumped, she would clip the top of the fence with her back legs. I needed a higher fence, without a doubt.
Replacement of the existing fence was a financial burden. I had to use some ingenuity to correct the problem. I already have a four-foot fence. Why not add height to the one I have? I looked at the materials that I had on hand, baling wire, one roll of one-inch chicken wire, one roll of 3/4 inch chicken wire, a pair of pliers, a pair of wire cutters, several lengths of one-inch PVC pipe, PVC cutters and a will to get started. These items are cheap if you need to purchase them.
Erecting a Higher Fence
1. Cut one-inch PVC pipe into 30-inch lengths. (one for every existing fence post)
2. Cut baling wire into lengths of 8 to 10 inches that will go around the fence post and PVC pipe and still have enough to twist the wire together (two for every existing fence post).
3. Attach a 30-inch length of PVC to each fence post by wrapping baling wire around the existing fence post and the extended PVC pipe. Use two twist wires per post, one at the top of the existing fence post and one at the bottom of the PVC pipe.
Your fence posts have now been extended two-feet higher.
4. From this step forward, you may need a helper. Using a 30-inch wide roll of chicken wire, attach one end to the first fence post. Be sure that you overlap the existing fence by a few inches. Use short clips of baling wire to attach the chicken wire.
5. Unroll the chicken wire to the next fence post. Keeping it level, attach the baling wire to the chicken wire and post.
6. Use short clippings of baling wire to attach the bottom of the chicken wire to the existing fence.
7. Repeat steps five and six as you move from post to post.
My dog was jumping the fence on an average of three times a day. The increased height cured the problem. It’s been three weeks without an escape. I’ve seen her eyeing the fence to find a gap, but it hasn’t happened. Chicken wire, baling wire and PVC pipe did the trick.
The picture on this article is the finished product of one fence post.